Rihanna will take the stage during the 95th Oscars to perform "Lift Me Up" from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday. This is the pop star's first time performing at the Oscars.
Rihanna became a first-time Oscar nominee this year when "Lift Me Up" was nominated for Best Original Song. (The song features music by Rihanna, Tems, filmmaker Ryan Coogler, and Oscar-winning composer Ludwig Göransson, with lyrics by Tems and Coogler.) The emotional ballad marked Rihanna's first proper release after a six-year absence, and her Oscars performance will be the first time she's performed during an award show since the 2018 GRAMMYs.
"It was an honor to work with these incredible musicians in crafting a song for our film and for our friend," said Coogler of the nomination. "It was meant to be a tribute to love and the specter of loss, and I couldn't be happier that it is being recognized."
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever earned five nominations in total, also for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Angela Bassett, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Visual Effects. "The story of Wakanda is built in front of and behind the camera, and I couldn't be more honored to work with these incredible artists," Coogler added. "The Academy's acknowledgement of their work is greatly deserved."
This year's nominated original songs are "Applause" from Tell It Like a Woman (music and lyric by Diane Warren), "Hold My Hand" from Top Gun: Maverick (music and lyric by Lady Gaga and BloodPop), "Naatu Naatu" from RRR (music by M.M. Keeravaani; lyric by Chandrabose), and "This Is A Life" from Everything Everywhere All at Once (music by Ryan Lott, David Byrne and Mitski; lyric by Ryan Lott and David Byrne).
The 95th Oscars will take place on Sunday, March 12, at the Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.